Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 (DC)


Rating: 4/5 – Insight into the life of a young Jason Todd.

This is another really well done Zero Year book again set against the stormy background we’ve seen explored in several other of the Zero Year books.  This story concentrates on Jason Todd and shows us his first exposure to the Red Hood, long before his first meeting with the Batman.

James Tynion IV tells a tale that shows Jason’s homelife as a youth which explains a lot of things about his personality.  We also get a lot of interaction with Talia (not named early on but anyone who has read any amount of Batman will recognize her immediately on page 2 of the book).  We also meet another key player in the DCU who is related to the Red Hood, but I’ll let readers discover that connection for themselves. Jeremy Haun’s art, while a little stiff in places, complements the story overall, I particularly enjoyed the sequence surrounding the Red Hood society meeting.

We’re getting some good insights into the past of the bat family in these zero year books, learning more about the characters behind the masks and what has shaped them into the masked vigilantes they ultimately become.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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